Japan-based Firm Unveils Built-it-yourself EV

Jul 12, 2012
Yutaka Chikaoka, Nikkei Monozukuri
The "Pius" micro EV
The "Pius" micro EV
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The structure of the vehicle
The structure of the vehicle
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Modi Corp, a Japan-based company that prototypes vehicles, announced that it has developed a built-it-yourself micro electric vehicle (EV).

The EV, "Pius," is a single-seater and can be registered as a class-1 motorized bicycle in Japan. The company expects that the EV will be used as an educational tool for learning the basic functions and structure of EV. It is scheduled to be released in or after the spring of 2013.

Modi aims to sell the Pius to educational institutions such as universities, colleges of technology and car mechanics' schools. Also, it offers a service of embedding components that its customers use for research and development in the EV so that they can use the vehicle for the evaluation of the components. The price of the EV has not been decided yet.